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Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast

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A Film, TV and Arts podcast featuring Alistair Pitts
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Former Moscow resident Ally Pitts discusses Russian and Soviet films and films with a Russian connection with movie enthusiasts from a whole bunch of interesting places. There's a lot more to Russian film than just Tarkovsky and Eisenstein (although we'll be talking about them too).

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Little Vera (Vasily Pichul; 1988)
We're all going on a summer holiday...to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic! It's pretty grim and industrial, but at least it's sunny! This month's film is Little Vera, directed by Vasily Pichul and written by Mariya Khmelik. To discuss the film, Ally is joined by chef, KinoVino supper club founder, and author of Salt and Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen, Alissa Timoshkina. Check out Alissa's amazing culinary creations at: www.instagram.com/borsch_and_no_tears/ Expect SPOILERS from about 55 minutes in until the end. CONTENT WARNING: During the film it is revealed that one of the characters was from a present day standpoint in some jurisdictions the victim of statutory rape (Soviet law defined the age of consent as when an individual had reached puberty). There is also a fairly explicit sex scene. Little Vera stars Natalya Negoda, Andrey Sokolov, Yuri Nazarov, Lyudmila Zaytseva, and Alexandra Tabakova. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that: Twitter: @RussophilesU Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/ Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_ Support the show/fund Ally's caffeine habit at: https://ko-fi.com/russophilesunite  
Come and See (Elem Klimov; 1985)
CONTENT WARNING: We're dispensing with the usual jovial intro this time as the film discussed on this episode, Come and See, directed by Elem Klimov, contains sustained depictions of atrocities, including rape and mass murder. It's a very, very tough watch. Joining Ally for this harrowing experience is London-based singer-songwriter and poet Sasha Ilyukevich. You can find out more about him and his band The Highly Skilled Migrants here: www.sashailyukevich.com/ SPOILERS from about 49 minutes in until the end. Come and See stars Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, it would be great to hear from you! Here are some ways you can do that: Twitter: @RussophilesU Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/ Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_
Onegin (Martha Fiennes; 1999)
We're partying like it's 1999, not just because it's a new season of the podcast, but also because our film this time, Onegin, directed by Martha Fiennes, is from that very year. Joining Ally for the festivities are two returning guests: writer and period drama drama connoisseur Jenny Shelton, and Russian language and literature graduate and maker of a mean breakfast/brunch sangria Carrie Pitts. SPOILERS from about 28 minutes onwards.  CONTENT WARNING: the film contains very brief but fairly graphic violence. Onegin stars Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, and Lena Headey. If you'd like to get in touch and tell us what you thought of the film and/or the podcast episode, here are some ways you can do that: Twitter: @RussophilesU Email: russophilesunite@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/russophilesunite Instagram: www.instagram.com/russophiles_unite/ Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/Ally_

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edwardrussia reviewed this podcast on May 14th, 2019
"As an English speaker and film fan living in Russia, this podcast is an outsider's way into Russian cinema, picking out what's worth watching and helping you understand it. With Ally's understated but informed presentation, and a procession of guests from various backgrounds, ranging from enthusiastic dilettantes to hardcore cinephiles and experts in esoteria, this is definitely worth a listen for anyone with in Russia, cinema or both."
tracy.tan103 reviewed this podcast on May 13th, 2019
"As a guest, this was one of the best experiences I've had podcasting yet--it was great fun recording and I always felt listened to and respected by (the much more knowledgable about Russian film than myself!) Alistair. And as a listener, I can tell that doesn't apply to just my experience. Alistair has picked such a wide array of films to cover that you really can learn quite a bit about Russian cinema and, as a result, culture, and his pairings of guest to content are outstanding and really enhance the episodes. Highly recommend giving it a shot, whether or not you've seen the films covered!"
Spatz reviewed this podcast on Apr 23rd, 2019
"It’s a great way to learn about Russian culture through cinema. Ally and his guests always provide tremendous insight and humor."

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Podcast Details
Started
Nov 23rd, 2017
Latest Episode
Aug 1st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
37
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About 1 hour
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